personal injury lawyers, we know that our clients come to us with a number of questions
about the settlements they may receive. In this post, we discuss the most
common questions we hear and provide some useful info for auto accident victims.
Q: Why would I need a personal injury lawyer if I've already been offered
a settlement that covers my bills from the other driver's insurance?
A: In the majority of cases, it's best to refrain from accepting a
settlement until you are completely certain about the nature of the injuries
you have suffered (and the treatment you'll require, both now and
in the future). It's easy to recognize - and diagnose - the type of
damage that's been done to your vehicle, but it's not so simple
to assess the physical damage you've suffered. You need to consider
the long term implications for recovery, to what extent you will require
ongoing medical treatment, and any lost wages you'll incur while recovering.
An attorney can help you determine the full value of your claim before
you accept any settlement from an insurance company. If you skip this
step, you may find that a settlement amount does not meet your current
and/or future needs. And remember, accepting a settlement often means
that you waive your right to collect any future monies in compensation
for your injuries. We know it can be tempting to take that check immediately
and be done with it, but if you do that, you may very well be cheating
yourself out of funds you'll need to manage your recovery. The best
way to determine if a settlement offer is fair is to consult with a Missouri
personal injury attorney, whose specific experience in this area can guide you.
Q: What if I can't afford an attorney?
personal injury law firms work on a contingent fee basis, which means they provide a free
initial consultation and will only collect money if they win a claim for
you. So, you have no need to worry about legal bills on top of medical
bills: you can feel confident in hiring the proper legal representation
to get you the settlement you deserve.